A romance with both heart and humor.
It took me a few chapters to warm up to both of the main characters in this book. The characters not the writing. The writing kept me reading. Great pace, and just enough tension to keep you turning the pages. No it was Sam. He was being a bit of a dweeb. Oh sure, he rescued the girls when they had car trouble, causing them to be stranded by the side of a country road, in an area they were unfamiliar. Meaghan being passed out only vaguely remembered that he was nice. But Sam was so nice the next time they met. She returned to town. This time completely sober, and aware, to pick up her car that had broken down. When she goes to thank him for his help, he rips into her for being irresponsible. Not that he should care, it’s not like they are going to meet again. Meaghan returns to school in Savannah hurt and pissed off. She’s not sure why she lets how he reacted bother her so much, it not like they are going to see each other again, Right?
Wrong. Meaghan gets placed not only in Sam’s hometown as a Art teacher for the summer, but in his very house. Needless-to-say, sparks fly. They both fight their attraction for each other. Meaghan doesn’t do commitment, and Sam thinks he’s too old for her, plus he thinks she’s a city girl, and could never be happy out on a farm. Even a farm with no real farm animals. Apparently dogs and cats don’t count.
Their journey is laughter, tears, ups and downs, and a bit of soul searching. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles in their way. And if so, how, when, and where? It’s not always the end point that matters but the journey along the way.
In this journey, I came to understand both Sam and Meaghan more, and to fall for a few of the supporting characters as well. Don’t try to read this book without at least a couple of hankies at hand. But do read it. It’s worth the frustration at Sam and Meaghan’s behavior at the beginning. They are still young yet, and a worthwhile romance is rarely easy. All in all a very enjoyable read, that I can easily recommend to others.
+++This is a New Adult Romance, intended for readers over 18. It contains scenes for mature readers.+++
Meghan Hawthorne is restless. The last year has been a roller coaster: her widowed mother just married a long-time family friend. Her younger brother unexpectedly became a father and a husband. Everyone’s life is changing. . .except for hers. As she begins her final summer of college, Meghan’s looking for excitement and maybe a little romance. Nothing serious; this girl just wants to have fun.
But the only man for Meghan turns out to be the last one she expects.
Sam Reynolds doesn’t need excitement, and he doesn’t want romance. Fun is out of the question. He’s been the steady, responsible one since his parents were killed, and serious is his way of life.
When Sam rescues Meghan alongside a dark Georgia backroad, she falls hard for his deep brown eyes and slow drawl. But making him see her as more than just a party girl won’t be easy. Sam’s tempted by the fiery young artist, even as he realizes that giving into his feelings will mean radical change. . .maybe more than he can handle.
Nobody ever said love was simple.
Tawdra Kandle and I will both be attending #IBF2016 next month. Please make sure to come by and say “Hi” if you attend. There are still tickets available for those who haven’t purchased theirs. Also, if I get enough comments, I’ll hold a drawing for a “Reader’s Ticket”. So don’t be shy in letting me know if you’re interested. You can check it out here.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 7, 8 & 9 – 2016
INDIE BOOKFEST 2016
I’m so excited to be attending this event. This is my first time, and only my second actual book event, but I have heard wonderful things, and gotten lots of recommendations. Plus I’m looking forward to all the workshops and panels. I’m attending as a blogger, reader, and aspiring writer. So this event has a little bit of everything for me. If you haven’t already, hurry and grab your tickets. It’s going to be a blast. A super fun and enriching experience.
This year’s Indie BookFest will take place October 7-9, 2016, in beautiful Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Indie BookFest is central Florida’s premier author-reader event, featuring an amazing Industry Day, with reps from book vendors, promotion sites and other professionals presenting information all authors need to grow their business.
But that’s just the beginning. In addtion to Industry Day workshops and panels, IBF also includes the best reader panels, FanFare Author/Reader Party (the theme this year is A Night In Paris), a special Young Adult Session, Meet and Greets, perks for our All-Star Readers, a fun Zombie party and a huge, FREE book signing.
AND our special keynote speaker, the awesome Cristin Harber!
A very few VIP tickets are still available. These include unlimited access to the Green Room and special meet and greets for VIPs only. Our general admission, Industry Day and YA session tickets are still available, too.
Jump on this now! Tickets won’t last long.
Get yours here!
Make yourself at home in our hotel in Altamonte Springs, FL, Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. Whether you’re getting comfortable in a spacious guest room – designed with your business hotel needs in mind with high-speed internet access, a dual-line phone and oversized, ergonomically-designed work area – or enjoying a plunge in the outdoor heated pool, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect way to relax. Curl up in front of a movie on the 37-inch flat-screen TV or meet your deadlines at the dedicated business center, offering printing, photocopying and express mail to assist corporate guests.Reward yourself with an invigorating workout in the fully equipped fitness center, explore the nearby shops of Altamonte Springs Mall or enjoy a romantic dinner at the vibrant U Restaurant, serving up delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The theme is . . .
A Night In Paris
Paris . . . the perfect city to combine mystery, suspense, literature, erotica, paranormal and of course . . . romance!
You are invited to dress however you like:
be inspired by Paris in the Belle Époque (Flaubert, Renoir, la Ballets Russes . . .)
or Paris in the Roaring 20’s (think Hemingway, the Fitzgeralds, Picasso . . .)
or Paris in the Swinging 60’s (fashion and art combine!) or Paris 2016.
On Saturday night of Indie BookFest16, a group of wonderful authors will be hosting this party.
“After months of uncertainty, the CDC has finally released the general quarantine. The virus has stabilized (or so we think), and people are finally able to start coming out of their hiding places.
Society’s new motto: Zombies Are People, Too
Join authors Ceci Giltenan, HD Smith, Violet Howe, and SE Smith for a night of Zombie Fun! Come as you are (and be zombified at the party) or dress as your favorite zombified character.
Hi all!! If you’re a reader who likes to check out each of the authors before heading to an event, we’ve got just the thing for you! Also, if you’re a reader who likes to win cool prizes just for reading, we’ve got just the thing for you, TOO!!
Starting July 1st (yes, the same day the registration for #CMCon17 begins), we’ll be starting our Coastal Magic 2017 Featured Authors Reading Challenge. There’s a spreadsheet available HERE (and it’s posted in the new CMCon17 Featured Authors Reading Challenge Facebook group, as well), with a listing of a good “first read” from each of our Featured Authors. Of course, if you’re already reading an author, you’re not limited to the titles listed on the sheet – any single book that you read on or after July 1st, from that author, will count toward the challenge.
So, here’s how this is going to work…
Level 1 — If you read & review 7 books (equivalent to 1 book per month, 7 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness. This will be available to EVERY reader who completes level 1.
Level 2 — If you read & review 14 books (equivalent to 2 books per month, 14 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a small gift from one of our Featured Authors. This will be available to EVERY reader who completes level 2.
Level 3 -HALF WAY THERE!- If you read and review 30 books (that’s 30 books, 30 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a prize pack of cool stuff from select Featured Authors.
Level 4 -ALL THE WAY THERE!- If you read and review 60 books (that’s 60 books, 60 different authors) between July 1st and January 31st — you will get a small package of swaggy goodness AND a prize pack of cool stuff from select Featured Authors AND be entered into a drawing for a GRAND PRIZE of AWESOMENESS (TBD – but it’ll be good!)
So, there are the objectives. Hopefully there’s a level that is comfortable for everyone’s reading agenda. And don’t let the “review” part scare you. You can leave your thoughts about the books you read (good, bad, or just so-so) on your own blog, on Goodreads/BookLife/LibraryThing/etc., or an online retail site like Barnes & Noble or Amazon. You’ll just need to post your links in the handy-dandy Google form, which is HERE, and also posted in the new CMCon17 Featured Authors Reading Challenge group. (All in one place, for easy tallying.)
We’ve got a Featured Author (Tawdra Kandle) and a Featured Blogger [(Tamye from “Books, Coffee, and Crafts News” blog) <– That’s me] to help guide people, answer questions, and keep us all motivated! You’ll see them in the group pretty regularly, and I’ll (Jennifer Morris – she runs the whole shebang) be popping in from time to time, as well. So be sure to ask questions if you need to. (And you never know — we may have a few Featured Author guests come by to chat between now and the end of the challenge!)
We’re so excited to get the ball rolling on this, and we can’t wait for you all to “get to know” our Featured Authors a bit better through their stories. We’re sure you’ve all got some favorites, already — but get ready to add a few more to that list!
Good luck, everyone… and Happy Reading!!
(Disclaimer: Copied and slightly edited from Jennifer Morris’ post on http://CoastalMagicConvention.com.
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